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A little over a year ago, my husband Steve and I started on a journey to empower families around the nation to get ahead of life before it happens.  We debuted Life Goes on Roadmap™ and quickly discovered that we could meet a real need among families to get their acts together before life hits a bump in the road.

Then, we started hearing from families around the nation about the bumps in the road they were facing. The urgency to start living more NOW became crystal clear for us.

Every day, someone in our world is touched by one of the Big D’s — disease, diagnosis, divorce, disability, diminished mental capacity, disaster, or death — without warning.

Lives are changed in an instant, and it isn’t always “happily ever after.”

Sometimes, it’s grief, loss, or a whole new way of living that wasn’t on anyone’s bucket list.

Last October, our home was burglarized while we were speaking and exhibiting at a financial planning conference 3,000 miles away.

Coming home to that was hard. It sure made “home” feel like a place we didn’t want to be.

It’s one thing to anticipate challenging times by getting ahead of life before it happens.

It’s another to be wading in the drama, trauma and chaos of all of that and FEELING what it’s like to be dis-empowered, disappointed, dismayed, and so many other negative emotions.

A home burglary is a violation of your personal safety, and it’s hard to get over that.

I think that incident caused us both to start thinking about where we want to live, how we want to live, and what really matters to us.

The stories we have been hearing from families around the nation about how their lives turned on a dime gave us even more of a wake up call.

We came to a powerful revelation and renewed conviction to walk our talk.

  • It’s time to put more life in our years instead of years in our life.
  • It’s time to start a new adventure and plan many epic adventures still to come.
  • It’s time to simplify and right size our lives so we can be at choice to say YES to travel, experiences, and enjoy more discretion to love the life we live today.

If there is one thing we know for sure it is that tomorrow is not promised.

We don’t want to be people who find excuses not to live their dreams, realize their potential, and make their best impact through good work, commerce, or service.

We are action takers who take 100% responsibility for our lives.

There is a popular commercial on TV about enjoying 18 summers with your kids.

Maybe you’ve seen it.

Our son is almost 22 years old. He is just about launched.

That’s why the next 18 years are all about enjoying life together before we run into health challenges or other obstacles that can change the quality of our life and perhaps not for the better.

All this is to say that we are still going to be leading our work with Life Goes on Roadmap™. We’re on a mission to touch and transform one million lives with our powerful toolkit that guides them to get ahead of life before it hits a bump in the road.

Steve is still going to lead his team of CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals to serve their clients to make the most of their money and their lives.

Our work is purposeful and important.

It plays is a HUGE part of what brings us fulfillment, satisfaction, and rewards.

The big change is that we are moving down the road north about 90 miles from Bellevue, WA to Bellingham, WA.

Bellingham is a coastal city in Washington State, near the Canadian border. It’s a port for ferries to Alaska. East is Mount Baker, a huge snow-capped volcano with ski runs. In the city center, the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention contains hands-on science exhibits. The Whatcom Museum showcases art, nature and regional history across 3 sites, including the Lightcatcher building with its curving, translucent wall.

This city overlooking the Puget Sound is known for being artsy, outdoorsy, and innovative. That’s translated into job opportunities at companies ranging from high tech and green energy startups to craft breweries. Bellingham has more than 100 miles of shoreline, perfect for sea kayakers, and is just a ferry ride from San Juan Island.

We’ll live the ‘less is more’ lifestyle as we simplify and right size our lives.

We’ll enjoy more discretion to enjoy life.

We’ll create a whole new life full of Saying YES to exploring what might be on our bucket list and working that list, starting right now.

We purchased our Bellevue, WA home in 2008 during a rocky time in the economy. We’ve worked hard to pay the mortgage, maintain the home, and make memories here as we raised our family.

It’s time to shift focus to love where we live and experience life even more.

We bought a travel journal full of blank pages. We’re working on a list of adventures to take to fill it with memories that can last a lifetime.

What a grand adventure this will be.

Fortunately, my work can be accomplished with a laptop and a high speed internet connection.

Steve has been inviting clients to meet via Zoom video and other methods, thanks to the power of technology, and clients are very receptive.

We’ll continue to make our impact from our new home (and Steve’s new office outside of the home) and welcome opportunities to speak, lead workshops, and serve our clients in the best ways possible.

Steve will commute to Bellevue or  Seattle one day a week to meet face to face with clients.

We’ll simply be working our magic from a new zip code that is 90 minutes north of here, starting on or about May 20, 2019.

Crazy, random things happen to all of us that cause us to re-think what we do, why we do it, who we do it with, and where we live.

There is opportunity to be found in every challenge in life if you look hard enough to find the blessing.

Our new journey of discovery and contribution from our new home in a new town is just about to begin.

We have many more epic adventures to experience and celebrate and much more to offer to those we serve. We hope to inspire others to make similar plans because you never know what tomorrow might bring.

The time to make it all happen is right now.








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25 Responses

  1. Marilyn Miller Says:

    Very inspiring post. With a husband who is only 75 but a dialysis, Parkinson’s patient, your post is only tooo true. Fortunately I traveled in my youth, flew around for corporate America, spoke in places far from home so I do not feel deprived, but it’s always best to do what you truly love and want to do sooner than later. Mazaltov!

  2. Brad Glassman Says:

    What a wonderful read, and I’m always keeping the Juetten family in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Yvonne Heath Says:

    Nancy and Steve, you are the quintessential example of living life to the fullest, making positive changes and opportunity after a challenging time and calling to the rest of us to find our happy place now! Thank you for being so amazing and I wish you the very best with your move and exciting new adventure. Please add visiting Muskoka to your list. Our door is always open! xo

  4. Naomi Carmona-Morshead Says:

    I’m so happy you two are going to live your life so thoughtfully because life is not a blessed journey without purpose. We just attended a family wedding on Puget Sound. That area includes the Olympic Peninsula where the beauty is outstanding and the views can equal some in Alaska. What a treasure God’s nature is! Best Wishes!

  5. Anne Holmes Says:

    How exciting! Congratulations

  6. Werner Berger Says:

    That’s call “grabbing life by all it’s exultation.” You go guys; show the rest of us the way!

  7. Sharookh Daroowala Says:

    How nice! Now that you’re closer to me, I have one less excuse to connect with you 🙂

  8. Ruth Deutsch Says:

    Good for you! I just moved 6 months ago after spending 20 yrs in one place. It really does help give you a fresh perspective and forces you to think anew in many ways until the unfamiliar becomes familiar. I wish you both a lot of good wishes in your move and future endeavors. Ruth Deutsch

  9. Pauline Duncan-Thrasher Says:

    Loved your sharing and the thought that you are putting into creating the life you choose for yourselves. Bravo and best wishes for wondrous adventures ahead. Positivly with a big Hurray for you.
    Pauline Duncan-Thrasher

  10. Karen Rae Says:

    What an epic adventure you are on! I love how you are embracing change and celebrating a new chapter in your life!! This is inspiring to me as I am on a new adventure myself after experiencing one of the big “D’s” Through the last two years I have chosen to experience and live a life full of joy. I love the work you are doing as you never know what life has ahead of you. Look forward to hearing about your Grand Adventures!!

  11. Patrick Summar Says:

    Very inspiring pos Nancy!!

    Way to follow your “True North” Baby!!!

    Can’t wait to vista you guys in Bellingham : )

    God SDoeed Faire Princess! And Faire Prince!!

  12. Kathy McDonald Says:

    Hi Nancy,
    Congratulations on your exciting adventures. Are you still around?
    If you remember I live real close to you & would love to meet & chat. If you have The Life Goes On Roadmap I could pick one up from you. You wouldn’t have to pack it or mail one to me. LOL
    Please give me a call.
    Kathy McDonald

  13. Janet Bieschke Says:

    Congratulations to you and Steve for understanding the value of LIVING your life while you still can. Life can change on a dime and it does all the time. Create the moments that matter with the people that matter while you still can (my motto).
    In all the life interviews I have heard, no one said I wish we had a bigger house, more yard work, more stuff…ever. Congratulations!

    many blessings,
    Author of I’m Sorry, I Love You, Goodbye: harvesting the sacred gifts of the final days.

  14. NancyJ Says:

    Thank you Janet! Your book sounds like a great gift to so many!

  15. NancyJ Says:

    Hi Kathy, We leave for Bellingham on May 21. Thank you for your warm wishes. The easiest way to treat yourself or others to Life Goes on Roadmap is to visit and make your purchase. We actually have a fulfillment house that ships products across the country as opposed to keeping them on hand here at the house. We’d be honored to earn your purchase and guide you to get it done as we make it fun!

  16. NancyJ Says:

    Thank you Patrick. We’d love to see you in Bellingham! Big love to you!

  17. NancyJ Says:

    Hi Karen Rae, Thank you for your post. Sorry to hear that one of the Big D’s crossed your path. It is a wake up call, isn’t it?

  18. NancyJ Says:

    Thank you Pauline!

  19. NancyJ Says:

    Hi Ruth, I love YOUR perspective. Change is good. We are gearing up for an epic adventure!

  20. NancyJ Says:

    Hi Sharookh, I’d love to meet in person! Great to hear from you.

  21. NancyJ Says:

    Thank you Anne. I see you are part of the National Association of Baby Boomer Women. I wonder if there are ways we can partner up in service to your members? Life Goes on Roadmap was created with this audience in mind! Can we chat about possibilities?

  22. NancyJ Says:

    Big love to you Naomi — a woman who is living her dreams every day! I love that about you.

  23. NancyJ Says:

    Thank you Brad. We appreciate your good wishes and send the same right back to you!

  24. NancyJ Says:

    So good to hear from you Marilyn. I appreciate your perspective and support. Big love to you and yours!

  25. NancyJ Says:

    Hi Yvonne, thank you. I am so glad to have met you and to have been inspired by your book, your message, and your positive energy. We’d love to visit Muskoka!!! And if you get to Bellingham, our door is wide open to you and Geordie!

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